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    Re: Do gaps in boxes matter?

    Find a flat piece of concrete and scrub the box a bit, you'll find the high spots. If it's a rocker stack some weight on it and see if it'll flatten out.
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    Re: Dripping honey down entrance

    In two instances this year I've had the bees correct a problem with beetle larvae. Both had pieces of comb and larvae laying on the landing board when I spotted it. They had cut out the section of...
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    Propolis from west michigan

    Started taking propolis for medicinal reasons. I would like to keep it local, give me a shout if anybody collects it for selling.
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    Notch up for the summer, notch down for winter.
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    Re: Winter quilt AND candy, or bad idea?

    Last year Mel Disselkoen fed syrup till they wouldn't take it anymore and had very good results. It was September thru the first of October, he said it also might've helped preventing the queens...
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    Re: Candy vs sugar block

    Look up Laurie's sugar block method for the dehydration method (on Beesource). I'm too impatient for it, i use Danny Slabough's recipie, it's on Mel Disselkoen's website http://www.mdasplitter.com....
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    Re: Are these Honey Bees?

    If they look like this, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellow_jacket, which I'll wager they do, a skunk got after em. Either hose em down with wasp spray or let the skunk finish the job. Either way...
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    Re: Blood Curdling Scream

    I'm putting a five on somebody hid a motion detecting noise maker on you and they're having a chuckle at your expense. Time for payback planning if that's the case.
  9. Re: Feral NY honeybees evolving varroa resistance.

    I'm with sqcrk, time will tell. The bees can out reproduce the mites with a brood break. Mel Disselkoen's work and the Africa bees have proved that. It's the pathogens that mites carry is the...
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    Re: Will Inside Feeding cause aggressive bees?

    I would suspect the alarm pheromones and the jitters that come with it, is going to die off in a couple days. If it doesn't, maybe just swap hives at your other yard if you want one at your home.
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    Re: EMERGENCY queen cell help!!!

    Ya, same here. Must be the ones that are good at hiding in the back corners of the hive.
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    Re: Whats a queenless hive sound like???

    There are times after I pull a couple frames when I can say,that's a hive that has no queen. There are a few a year that I have to go thru a couple times to make sure because they're so calm. Then...
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    Re: Something is eating my bees

    I must have potty trained skunks, only have seen scat once over the years.
    Maybe some some skunks do, but the ones I deal with don't leave much behind. I remember reading somewhere that somebody...
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    Re: Something is eating my bees

    What they do is scoop the bees to the ground and scrub them around to get rid of the stingers.
    Screw carpet tack strips to the bottom board with the tacks facing towards the hive, they work for a...
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    Re: Bees have gotten agreesive, Why?

    Already have had trouble with skunks this year. Usually don't have to worry about them for another month.
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    Re: Have You Smelled It Yet?

    Nope, you're not having flashbacks MP:D. It's blooming around here, my hives are getting that "smelly" smell. Seems too early to me also.
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    Re: cant find the queen

    If you're looking at the bees, eggs and larvae, you'll never see her. Go in with the frame of mind to find the queen. Scan frames noting only larger bodies, pretty quick you'll only be noticing...
  18. Thread: Split Questions

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    Re: Split Questions

    Do a search on BS, Micheal Bush's website has a wealth of split info. I practice the Mel Disselkoen's OTS method, http://www.mdasplitter.com for starts and recommend his book highly. But I'm biased,...
  19. Thread: WHY! WHY! WHY!

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    Re: WHY! WHY! WHY!

    Ok!! Good points--ads just seemed more pronounced today..
    Naw, y'all just were having a bad hair day. We all have em now and then.
  20. Thread: bees scratching?

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    Re: bees scratching?

    Washboarding, I've watched bees chewing at the reducing corks I put in the extra holes of the boxes. They really go at it, sorta like a dog gnawing on a bone.
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    Re: inter covers flat on one side

    Flat side down in the summer, it'll keep the burr comb down. It should have a notch on the rim of the deep side, flip it over for winter for a condensation vent. If it doesn't have one I'd cut one in...
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    Re: Have a queen and eggs but no larvae?

    Might be a lot of things. You mentioned side by side, it might be loss of population to drifting, try switching positions. Does the hive have plenty of stores? You might need to feed.
    The queen...
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    Re: Why do people have top bar hives?

    My ole bk'n bud has a favorite saying "everybody should try all aspects of keeping bees in a box, that way they can appreciate what Lanstroth contributed to beekeeping", course he's a been a...
  24. Re: Should I remove the entrance reducers in this hotter weather?

    [QUOTE=Acebird;1291310]And why would they be doing that? This would draw in warm air and dispel cooler air.

    Being a non interventionist must mean you've never held your hand over the inner cover...
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    Re: Queens are piping! Questions.

    Yes to one and two, it's very difficult to locate virgin queens and if they decide to fly off the frame while looking for them you could be left with a queenless colony.
    Depending on the disposition...
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